To celebrate Acme's 20th anniversary, owner Louis Lee made a wish list: He wanted 20 headliners to fill three action-packed nights. Here's a cheat sheet to help you get acquainted with this monster undertaking.
8 P.M. LINEUP: Chad Daniels, Pete Lee, Tim Harmston and Mary Mack.
Watch for: Mack, a Wisconsin-bred comedian with the voice of a 5-year-old (her words). Sample joke: "Growing up there you hear your whole life, 'Dress in layers, dress in layers.' That's so when you go to the big city and you get shot ... it doesn't hurt as much."
8 P.M. LINEUP: Kermet Apio, David Crowe, David Fulton and Tim Slagle.
Watch for: Slagle, one of the country's best conservative comics. Sample joke: "Occupy Wall Street protesters fully support President Obama, whose economic policies have left them with plenty of free time to protest."
10:30 P.M. LINEUP: Bengt Washburn, C. Willi Myles, John Deboer, Jake Johannsen.
Watch for: Myles, a veteran Twin Cities comic. Sample joke: "I got nine older sisters. Nine. I'll put it to y'all this way: There are only four weeks in a month. I never had a good day."
8 P.M. LINEUP: Doug Benson, Dwight Slade, Jackie Kashian and Ryan Stout.
Watch for: Benson, of "The Marijuana- Logues" and a podcast master.
Sample joke: "People say pot smokers are lazy. I disagree. Just the other day, I was walking down the street, I was putting eye drops in my eyes, I was talking on my cellphone and I was getting hit by a car."
10:30 P.M. LINEUP: Costaki Economopoulos, David Huntsberger, Tracey Ashley and Derek Hughes.
Watch for: Economopoulos, "the biggest name in comedy." Sample joke: "A lot of my friends are getting married. Commitment is overrated. Think about it: What's the difference between a stalker and a killer? Commitment."